Oscars 2016: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced nominees today.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Captain Fantastic

La La Land


Nocturnal Animals

Contemporary almost never gets nominated, though La La Land will buck that trend this year. The Martian technically did last year, but usually space movies get labeled as fantasy. Still, I wouldn’t expect more than La La Land to make it on the list this year, even if Nocturnal Animals sounds like something they could nominate.

Excellence in Period Film

The Dressmaker

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hail, Caesar!

Hidden Figures


This is your bread and butter.

Jackie will be nominated. Florence Foster Jenkins seems likely. The Dressmaker stands a decent chance, since costumers don’t really go by what the “big” films were and pick based solely on costumes. Hail Caesar would be an interesting one. My gut says no, but it’s definitely possible. Hidden Figures could also easily make it, though that seems like a bland choice for them.

Surprised to see no Love & Friendship here. They tend to go for overt period costuming like that.

Excellence in Fantasy Film

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Kubo and the Two Strings

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Love seeing Kubo on here. There’s a lot of love for that film all around. And I hope it matters in the final voting, but I’m sure it won’t.

Tim Burton movies always get guild nominations. This one shouldn’t get an Oscar nomination too. It’s just not loved enough for that. Even Alice in Wonderland had some sort of likability factor going for it. This one stands no chance.

Rogue One — I doubt it. Star Wars last year didn’t get on, so I have no reason to think this is any different.

Fantastic Beasts stands a decent shot, even though it’s weird for me to fathom a Harry Potter movie getting multiple Oscar nominations, since they so rarely got anything before.

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Costume Design is always a tricky one, since there’s always a random one or two that manages to get on. Or you figure, “They can’t miss with these corsets,” and then it’s nowhere to be found, even though normally that wouldn’t be anywhere near the Oscars. You can usually get 3/5, but guessing those last two can be real tricky.

Off-hand, movies that seem like they have some period/flashy costumes they might like…

Live by Night is always a fringe contender, but it feels like that ended up too little too late to make any noise.

Allied would normally be a big player here, but it feels like an afterthought.

Silence… doubtful. Rules Don’t Apply is period. That jumped out at me. But again, maybe that gets one or two token nominations in random categories, if that. Maybe a fringe contender at best.

Loving is period, but probably too subdued for them.

The Birth of a Nation, had it made any more noise, would have made a showing somewhere.

I mean… yeah. This might be what your category is. La La Land, Jackie, Florence, and then a combination of either The Dressmaker, Love & Friendship, Hail Caesar, Fantastic Beasts and maybe Hidden Figures. We have a week, but that’s sounding pretty good to me right now.

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DGA nominations out in a few hours.


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